Here is to our first employee of the week.
Please take a few minutes to get to know Mrs. Mithu Deb, one of our creative art teachers!
Mrs. Deb was born and raised in Kolkata, India. She first moved to Michigan as she followed her husband that was a student at the time. The couple moved to Austin when her husband, Mr. Manas Deb, joined a Ph.D. program at UT-Austin. Mrs. and Mr. Deb met in college and have been married since 1986. They have a beautiful and intelligent daughter, Chaaru, together; she's a senior at LASA, a science magnet school in Austin ISD. She is a very high achieving scholar who scored 2400 in her SAT and is selected as a National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist! Mrs. Deb must be a proud mom! :) Interesting facts about Mrs. Deb: 1) she was a graphic designer for the longest time; 2) she started her own Art School from home, which she still runs, teaching art and ceramics to adults and children. She has joined the RRISD community as an art teacher three years ago and she currently serves students and families at Spicewood and Laurel Mt. ES. Her favorite food is mango. Her favorite color is off-white. She loves One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish written by Dr. Seuss because it was the first book she read aloud to her daughter.
Mrs. Deb shared that she loves the IB curriclum, international mindedness, and support for teachers and students here at Spicewood. "The work environment is great with everyone being so friendly. It's like a big family with a good support system," stated Mrs. Deb. She'd like to tell our students to "be yourself, bring new ideas to work on in art and think differently!"
When I visited her classroom this week, our students in her classroom were not only being creative with their art work but also with a story they were given an opportunity to write that would go with their art work. Students were challenged to imagine beyond and be creative with details in both art work and writing. Mrs. Deb was conferring with individual students as they brought ideas and their writings to share with her. Learners were held to a high expectation of self-directed learning as teacher intervened as a facilitator to guide them.
|Some students were working on their art work while others were writing|
|Mrs. Deb conferring with individual students as other students were focused on their own learning|